Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to More »

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

:: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling More »

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

:: A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred More »

Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

 

Daily Archives: February 11, 2017

Trump says considering ‘brand new’ immigration order

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering drafting a new order to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations after his initial decree fell afoul of the law. Insisting that he has the law on his side despite two defeats

France thwarts attack, arrests ISIS supporting teen

Anti-terrorism forces arrested four people Friday in southern France, including a 16-year-old girl, and uncovered a makeshift laboratory with the explosive TATP and other ingredients for fabricating a bomb. France’s top security official said the raid thwarted an “imminent attack.”

Israel settlement growth not ‘good for peace’: Trump

US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is “good for peace”, he told a paper Friday, in his most direct comments on the matter since inauguration. In the interview published in Hebrew by the

Assad rejects safe zones, hails US fight against terror

President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by US President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday. He signaled he

Remove Iraq from travel ban list, Abadi appeals to Trump

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi asked US President Donald Trump in a phone call to remove his country from a contentious travel ban list, a statement said on Friday. Iraq is one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens are barred

King Salman receives phone call from US Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received a phone call from US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on Friday the Saudi Press Agency reported. During the telephone conversation, King Salman congratulated Tillerson on the occasion of his appointment as Secretary of

Rowhani warns those using ‘threats’

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani warned Friday that those using “threatening language” against Tehran would regret it as the regime faces increasingly hawkish rhetoric from the new US administration. Rowhani was speaking at a march attended by hundreds of thousands of

Tunisia hands Ben Ali new jail term for corruption

Tunisian ex-president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, already convicted in absentia several times, have been issued new 10-year prison sentences for corruption, authorities said Thursday. They were found guilty Tuesday by a court in Tunis in a

Riyadh governor launches new development projects in Wadi Al-Dawaser

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal, accompanied by Prince Mohammed bin Faisal, visited Wadi Al-Dawaser province on Thursday where he inaugurated new development projects worth SR1.61 billion, as well as other projects valued at around SR1 billion. He was received at the

CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism

Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received a medal on Friday from the CIA for his distinct intelligence-related counter-terrorism work and his contributions to ensure international peace and security.

Iraqi forces foil ISIS bid to sneak across Tigris River

Military sources reported that Iraqi forces busted on Thursday new ISIS elements who tried to infiltrate the Tigris River through boats from the right west coast to the left liberated coast of Mosul. The sources confirmed the deaths of a

Former Palestinian PM to be new UN envoy to Libya

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plans to appoint former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya, tasked with brokering talks on changes to a faltering political deal, diplomats said Thursday. Guterres informed the Security Council in a letter

Saudi Arabia aims to boost pharmaceutical industry

Tawfiq Al-Rabiah

Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Wednesday said Saudi Arabia will do its best to boost its pharmaceutical industry under the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020. He was addressing local manufacturers of medicines and suppliers to medical laboratories at the

Saudi Arabia to take part in multi-national naval exercise in Pakistan

Saudi forces are to take part in a multi-national naval exercise named Aman 17, due to begin on Saturday, in Pakistan, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The exercise, which Saudi Arabia usually participates in as an observer, aims at promoting

Setback for Trump as US judges reject travel ban

President Donald Trump suffered a legal blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit

UN chief Guterres heads to Turkey ahead of Arab tour

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was scheduled to travel to Turkey later Thursday for talks ahead of a whirlwind tour of five Arab countries, a UN statement said. Guterres is expected to push for progress in reaching a Cyprus settlement

Assiri: Saleh will be tried under Yemen’s laws

The spokesperson for the Arab coalition, General Ahmed Assiri, said that the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will be subject to trial on charges of involvement in the Houthi-led coup in Sanaa. Assiri assured, in an exclusive interview with

Egyptian woman, world’s heaviest, to be biggest yet happiest loser after India op

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

An Egyptian believed to be the world’s heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country’s foreign minister ensured her a visa. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, aged 36 and weighing around 500

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